More Self Portraits in Clay (with Videos!)

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by Katee Today I picked up where Alisha had left off with Clay Self Portraits.  I love watching their processes, their growth, and especially the details they choose to add to their work with these.  Here are some great photos and videos of our appointment this morning: DB:   LG: LS: FC:

Why We Practice Documentation

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by Katee Documentation is an important part of our learning environment at Tulip Tree.  Recently, when hanging up some photos in our art studio, ST asked me, “What are you doing?”.  I replied, “Well, I’m hanging up some photos of you all with your hands in the clay. Do you remember doing that last week?” ST said, “Yeah, but why are you … Read More

Feeling Brave Together

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by Katee We have been talking a bit about how fun it can be to be scared sometimes.  The season of ghoulish imagery, mysterious masked people, and shadow is upon us and this can feel frightening sometimes to young children.  We have been talking about how many of these decorations we see are just for fun- the fun and excitement … Read More

“My Face”

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by Alisha One project that we do every year is drawing self portraits. We are drawing our our self portraits this week so we have been talking a lot about the similarities and differences in our faces. We have been using mirrors, markers, pens and our own hands to study our faces. What shape are my eyes? How long is … Read More

Focused and Busy Together

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by Alisha This morning was one of those mornings that every teacher who is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia loves to be a part of.  This morning was alive with busy and focused children and teachers all working, exploring, inspiring and being inspired together.  I love to see our classroom start to grow and transform with the children’s … Read More

Many Roads to Nourishment

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by Megan Sitting down for meals at Elm House are very special times of day. Meal times signify a time for us to be together taking care of our bodies by eating and drinking. Each time we sit together we grow closer through this shared experience, telling stories about our day, helping clean up spills, reading books, singing our blessing … Read More

Face puzzle

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By Jackie At one of our teacher meeting, I mentioned my searching for directions to go after my conversation about our eye colors. I thought of a face puzzle but was afraid that it would be too complicated for some younger children. Laurie mentioned that I can do a very simple puzzle by folding the pictures in half. I thought … Read More

Nick Wears A Tutu

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by Alisha Yesterday I overheard a group of children talking to each other in the cubby room about their thoughts on boys wearing skirts or dresses. I was surprised to hear that many of the children said that boys can’t wear skirts. One child said that boys can wear skirts. In response, a child said, “No! Boys can’t wear dresses … Read More

Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More